There will be a recount in the Minnesota House District 47B race on Thursday, Dec. 6.
In the Nov. 6 election, Republican Greg Boe was declared a winner over Democrat Donzel Leggett, for the eastern Carver County district, by 10,853-10,736, or 117 votes.
The discretionary recount was requested by legal representation for Leggett, according to Elections and Customer Service Supervisor Kendra Olson.
“The SD47B election was close and just outside of the parameters for a state mandated recount. In order to provide faith and trust in the new voting systems implemented by Carver County, we have requested a recount, as is allowed by Minnesota state statutes,” said Leggett, in a statement. “Voter integrity is vitally important to our democracy, and we look forward to the recount on Thursday, Dec. 6.”
The recount will be financed by Leggett. For a recount to be publicly funded, the difference in the number of votes between Boe and Leggett would need to be less than one-half of 1 percent, or about 10 votes less, Olson said.
“I believe in the election process and I trust those election officials. I’m a little surprised that this is happening so late after the election and it seems like a waste of money, so that has me a little concerned,” Boe said. “If this was me losing by a margin outside the mandatory recount I think I would have respected the process and not gone forward with the recount,” he said.
Leggett’s team has placed a deposit of $750 for the recount and requested that the recount start with Chaska wards 1, 2 and 4, Olson said. The actual cost could vary, depending whether Leggett stops the process before all the ballots are recounted.
The recount begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Township Hall Conference Room at the Carver County Government Center, 600 Fourth St. E., Chaska.
There will be a team of six election judges recounting the ballots. There will be three teams of two, representing each party, hand-counting the ballots, which will be checked and cross-checked. Both Boe and Leggett can also have representatives on hand to watch the process.
“Our expectation is to be done in one day,” said Olson, who has worked on several recounts over the years, for township, city, county commissioner, school district, U.S. senator and Minnesota gubernatorial races.
What judges may run across are situations where voter intent is questioned. For instance, Olson said, if someone filled in both ovals for a candidate, and then crossed one out.
“That’s where you could see some movement from canvassed official result,” she said.
The recount is unique in that if District 47B had crossed county lines, the Minnesota Secretary of State would be coordinating the recount. But District 47B is contained within Carver County, so the county is in charge.